Artist-in-Residence at Ark of the Unicorns

First full day at Chinatown Artists Lofts and I wake up to bamboo filling a bright alcove space. In Japan, on the first day of business, it is customary to see a new bamboo stalk ready to grow as the business does. Coincidentally it was also World Bamboo Day, an auspicious beginning, I felt.

Each morning lazy Loft Cat oozes about the greenery, but does deign to twitch his tail if you wish him a “Good Morning.” Jet lag hits hard in the afternoon so Loft Cat has the right idea.

Focusing this artist residency on the human form I have started with sketching ideas. Utilizing Adobe Sketch and all the fun layers options I designed a first test piece:

It’s been a great week of reconnecting with Hawai’i and reconnecting with friends with the week culminating in full day of concentrated studio time with my friend, Chloe Tomomi! I finished stitching the wire crocheted sculpture form I started earlier in the week. Using 20 gauge black wire and adding a 26 gauge navy blue, several stitch plans had to be revised to create the look I was going for. I still have a thought to add a few fiber accents. Not sure if it will be a good idea but adding them and changing my mind won’t harm the piece:

Total size: 24″ x 3″ – Using a Japanese size 8 hook.

As I took photos of our progress, I see that Chloe Tomomi’s colorful painting stands out:

Chloe and I started the days work with a conversation re the Japanese use of blue vs green and with a lovely landscape with mountains in just the right shade of ‘green.’

After creating them she chose to switch gears and made this lovely scene:

Materials: Arches Cold Press 140lb, Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36, Daniel Smith, Holbein Gouache 18

Later in the evening she chose to complete the first piece:

Materials: Arches Cold Press 140lb, Nicker Poster Color. Inspired by Nickerenogu YouTube vid.

Many of Chloe’s works are available in her Etsy Shop: Chloe Tomomi

You can follow my day to day works in progress & art adventures on Instagram: StudioDeanna

Ark of the Unicorns’ Artist Residency at Chinatown Artists Lofts: Instagram: ArkoftheUnicorns

Embroidery & Watercolor by IZZIYANA SUHAIMI

I love seeing what other artists do with fiber and came across Izziyana Suhaimi’s work in a Frankie post. As someone who has great difficulty drawing & painting, I love seeing how the detailed mostly black and white she uses in the watercolors sets off the fiber parts of her designs. She has more works on her Tumblr Blog and talks about her own inspirations for this style of work.

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